Making a Difference: Not in Our Town


Not in Our Town Princeton (NIOT) welcomes newcomers to its monthly sessions at Princeton Public Library in the Community Room. An introduction to “Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege” is at 6:45 p.m. and the dialogues start at 7 p.m.  Our church supports NIOT, which aims “to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which everyone will feel respected and have their stories listened to and really heard. We are motivated to explore our own privilege and biases and to continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories, so that we can best make a difference.”

Before the Continuing Conversation on Monday, August 1, there will also be a social hour with refreshments starting at 6:15 p.m. For the following month, the Continuing Conversation will be Tuesday, September 6.

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Spin the wheel, answer a question, get a prize

Community Night Out is Tuesday, August 2. If you go to Princeton’s celebration, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Community Park Pool, visit the  ‘fortune wheel’  made by PUMC member Tim Ewer. Spin the wheel to answer a question and get a prize. It is part of National Night Out when people across the country gather at their homes, on their streets, and at their local community centers to help strengthen the partnership between the community and police. It is hosted by the Princeton Police Department, PBA Local #130, and the Princeton Recreation Department. Admission to the pool that night is free to Princeton residents. Outside the pool there will be rock climbing, demonstrations of emergency equipment, a demonstration by K-9 Harris, inflatable games, and more. Join the fun!

Stand Against Racism 2016

Winners of the Princeton Prize 2016

Three days of Stand Aginst Racism-realted activities? A talk for parents on Thursday, a breakfast and a celebration at Hinds Plaza on Friday, and examples of activism at its best on Saturday.

On Thursday, hear a talk for parents and teachers on how to talk with children about difficult subjects like race. It is Thursday, April 28 at the Princeton Public Library, info here.

The YWCA is having a breakfast to discuss the issues at the Nassau Inn on Friday, April 29, and youthful activists, including Committed and Faithful Princetonians, will host an event at Hinds Plaza at 4 p.m. (if it rains, in the Princeton Public Library. Details here. 

The Princeton Prize Symposium on Race is Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 and PUMC’s Michele Tuck-Ponder gives one of the workshops. Saturday’s proceedings are open to the public. For more info click here

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“Dying to Live,” Phoebe Quaynor, February 1

“Dying to Live: dangerous and uncomfortable paths to the pursuit of truth” is the sermon topic for Communion Sunday, February 1, at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services at Princeton United Methodist Church (PUMC). Seminary intern Phoebe Quaynor will tell about some of the people who have lit the path of freedom and the prices they had to pay.

Phoebe-QuaynorOriginally native to Ghana, West Africa, Phoebe lived in Paterson, NJ until seminary education brought her to Princeton. Personally devoted to the contemplative arts, creativity and spirituality, she feels called vocationally to the ministry of Christian Education and is currently co-teaching the Confirmation class.

Also in the observance of Black History Month, Not in Our Town hosts a discussion on perceptions of black history. Set for Monday, February 2, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of Princeton Public Library, it is part of the Continuing Conversations on Race series, a safe place to talk about difficult questions. PUMC supports Not in Our Town. Everyone is welcome.